Most consumers wary of prescription drugs

As consumer uncertainties manifest over the potential dangers of prescription drugs, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has increased communications about newfound side effects of pharmaceuticals.

In early 2008, a Wall Street Journal Online/Harris Interactive poll showed 79 percent of adults were very or somewhat concerned about the potential side effects of prescription pain medications.

In addition, 82 percent of consumers were very or somewhat concerned about potentially harmful interactions between prescription pain medications and other drugs. Seventy percent were very or somewhat concerned over the risk of addiction posed by some prescription pain medications, according to a story in the Journal.

Systemic enzyme supplements, which can provide support for inflammatory conditions, offer a safe alternative to prescription and over-the-counter medications, including nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs).

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